World

East of Eden

by

I have always found it a little too dramatic when I see movies where people run off to another city to begin a new life after a break up. A whole life in a place, ending because of one relationship. Ridiculous!

From Olongo Africa
On November 19, 2021
Categories

PASSION FOR CHANGE: THE QUEER RIGHTS STRUGGLE IN NIGERIA

by

Having criminalized queerness, the Nigerian state ruthlessly promotes homophobia. In response, LGBTQIA+ Nigerians continue to mobilize, committing to the struggle for queer rights.

From Tasteful Rude
On November 9, 2021
Categories

Negotiating African Dish Politics

by

The mobility challenge faced by African cuisines in an increasingly technological age is unacceptable. So, when recently I stumbled on a writing about a certain food app called DishAfrik, with its ambitious catalogue of curated African cuisines, with a real-life cooking feature, I was overjoyed.

From Olongo Africa
On November 3, 2021
Categories

Making a Start

by

Iwo smells of dust and rusty air, clouding up my mind and drowning my memory. The first thing my mother welcomes me with is water. She is an ardent devotee of the culture that believes water is the most glorious form of courtesy that can be paid to a visitor. But I always find it hard to drink.

From Popula
On October 31, 2021
Categories

Terry Gou and the Flying Apsara Chihuahua Happiness Society

by

I REMEMBER READING about a Google brain simulator, trained on the Internet, that automatically began to recognize cats. It goes without saying, but people sure do like their animal memes.

From No Man Is an Island
On October 15, 2021
Categories

From Botany Bay to the Flying Boats

by

Weird colonial propaganda in Australian schools

From Popula
On October 12, 2021
Categories

Some places become homes by habit

by

When the thousands of mysterious Sumerian tablets were translated, they were thought to be business records, but what if they were poems or psalms?

From Olongo Africa
On September 3, 2021
Categories

On Digital Obituary

by

On the afternoon of my friend’s demise, I logged in to Facebook to discover a myriad of his pictures congregating people’s timelines. In those pictures, his face was distinct, sharp; his mien betraying the darkness saturating the day, binding us in that state of sadness with the thread of mourning.

From Olongo Africa
On September 1, 2021
Categories

Playlist: Music to go with Death to the Baobobs!

by

From Salawu Olajide, our colleague at Olongo Africa, who is also the author of Death to the Baobobs!

From Olongo Africa
On August 29, 2021
Categories

Growing up Jehovah’s Witness and Dutch Reformed

by

I lived in fear of the idea that if I didn’t abide by both customs I’d be disowned as a young adult from one of the lives that was defined by them. This tension defined how I grappled with the Christian faith, not in terms of understanding scripture, but rather in the spiritual connection I have with God.

From Preachy
On July 26, 2021
Categories

Is Extinction a Tragedy, or a Crime?

by

Crime and punishment in the illegal wildlife trades

From Popula
On July 12, 2021
Categories

NIGERIA’S TWITTER BAN HURTS

by

Like many policies and decisions implemented by this administration, the suspension will adversely affect Nigeria’s economy. It will also harm the country’s prospects for tech advancement and international collaboration. Activist movements will face disruption.

From Tasteful Rude
On July 6, 2021
Categories

Love in the Shadows of Macau’s Casinos

by

A Review of Madalena (馬達·蓮娜), a romance between two working-class immigrants to Macau from China. Ultimately, the film provides an effective, if dramatized, look at the lives of the working class as they eke out a bare existence in the shadows of the mega-casinos that Macau is best known for.

From No Man Is an Island
On July 1, 2021
Categories